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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Chemical Name MESALAMINE (me-SAL-a-meen)
ASACOL is used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis. It works inside the bowel by helping to reduce the inflammation and other symptoms of the disease. ASACOL is generally used to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and proctosigmoiditis. It may also be used to prevent the symptoms of ulcerative colitis from recurring.
Take ASACOL exactly as prescribed by your doctor or indicated on the prescription label.
ASACOL is usually taken with a full glass of water. It can be taken with or without food. Consult your doctor for instructions. It is important not to crush, break, or chew the tablet. Swallow the tablet whole because the enteric-coated tablet has a special coating to protect your stomach. Breaking the pill could damage this coating.
Before using ASACOL, patients should be aware of essential safety information that may affect them. Tell your doctor if you have any of the conditions listed below as you may need special testing or dose adjustments to safely take ASACOL:
Every medication has side effects; however it is rare that they may occur. Patients can usually find the complete list of side effects with their medication.
Serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects or any side effect that bothers you or that do not go away.